This man, Hossein Soodmand, was the last person to be hanged in Iran for being an apostate – that is, he was once a Muslim and converted to becoming a Christian. He was hanged 30 years ago, after which his family managed to escape. Now the Iranian government is tightening its laws once again on apostasy, and bringing back the death penalty. Now it looks like Hossein’s son, Ramtin, might be one of the first exectured under the new laws.
Today, Rashin’s brother, Ramtin, is also held in a prison cell in Mashad, Iran’s holiest city. He was arrested on August 21. He has not been charged but he is a Christian. And Rashin fears that, just as her father was the last man to be executed for apostasy in Iran, her brother may become one of the first to be killed under Iran’s new law.
Not surprisingly, Rashin is desperately worried. “I am terribly anxious about him,” she explains. “Even though my brother is not an apostate, because he has never been a Muslim – my father raised us all as Christians – I don’t think he is safe. They assume that if you are Iranian, you must be Muslim.”
The article is from the Daily Telegraph: Hanged for being a Christian in Iran – Telegraph